Blog Tour | Book Review | Of Myth and Shadow by Matthew S. Cox

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Of Myth and Shadow by Matthew S. Cox!

I thank Blackthorn Book Tours for giving me a spot on the tour. 🙂

Genre: Epic Fantasy

Publication date: August 20, 2019

Publisher: Division Zero Press


Trigger warnings:

Some flashback scenes to childhood abuse (dark elf nearly killed by her siblings for being ‘too nice’ when she was a tween). A side character implies she was raped as a past event, not shown.

Sexual content? No erotica scenes, but the book does have one moment where a sexual encounter happens a bit on the rough side. The intent of the scene is to highlight internal conflict in the character’s mind, not to titillate.

Any vampires? No but there are a few undead creatures ^_^

My Thoughts

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Of Myth and Shadow is a fascinating book that hooks you from the first chapter and does not let go until the end.

Written so well, the story flows unobtrusively from scene to scene. The novel is quite long, but divided into short, snappy chapters. You don’t realize how lengthy it is because every word is necessary. There aren’t any excessive descriptions or paragraphs of unrelated information.

The immersive descriptions of the various worlds and creatures made me feel like I was living in the scene and interacting with the creatures. I could feel their anger, pain, jealousy, and all the other emotions they were feeling.

I like how the author describes the characteristics of humans from the point of view of other creatures. He brings our prejudices, double standards, and superstitions to light in a unique manner.

What I found amazing was how the author was able to sustain my interest all throughout while describing in great detail many different scenes, each from a different point of view.

Matthew S. Cox is an author I’d like to read more of. If you enjoy epic fantasy, don’t miss this book!

I found a list of his other books on Goodreads:


Aegaan is a vast and righteous kingdom, yet darkness gathers in the distant corners of the realm. Elven raids on small towns have inflamed racial tensions with humans, pushing distrust to hatred and the brink of war.

Anrael wanders the woods alone until a chance meeting tempts him to set aside his contempt for those who scorn his half-elven blood.

When Kylie, a naive elf terrified of humans, is thrust among them against her will, she begins to question her mother’s tales of dread.

Having lost everything dear to him, the bandit king Jhelan lives only to seek challenge in battle… until he finds himself willing to die protecting that which he hates the most.

The diabolical mystique of the dark elves cloaks L’an Thal’Sara in protection, but the cruelest lie she tells is to herself.

Thaelwyn, a virtuous knight, sets out to discover the source of the Elves’ aggression, but faces a much greater test within his mind.

Beneath the chaos, minions of the Destroyer search for their promised leader, a child possessing power beyond their years. If the innocent falls to darkness, a kingdom rife with hatred will surely crumble.

Purchase Links

Amazon US

Amazon India –

About Matthew S. Cox

Originally from South Amboy NJ, Matthew has been creating science fiction and fantasy worlds for most of his reasoning life. Since 1996, he has developed the “Divergent Fates” world in which Division Zero, Virtual Immortality, The Awakened Series, The Harmony Paradox, the Prophet of the Badlands series, and the Daughter of Mars series take place.

His books span adult, young-adult, and middle-grade fiction in multiple genres, predominantly science fiction, cyberpunk, post-apocalyptic, and fantasy.

Matthew is an avid gamer, a recovered WoW addict, developer of two custom tabletop RPG systems, and a fan of anime, British humour, and intellectual science fiction that questions the nature of humanity, reality, life, and what might happen after it.

He is also fond of cats, presently living with two: Loki and Dorian.

Social Media Links:

Twitter: @Mscox_Fiction /






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